REVIEW by Ginny: Edge of Passion (Cloak Warriors #1) by Tina Folsom (@Tina_Folsom , @puretextuality )

Able to render themselves invisible, immortal Cloak Warriors like Aiden have been protecting humans from the dark power of the Demons of Fear for centuries. But the demons might soon have a powerful tool in their hands to seduce humans to the dark side. And the person to provide them with this elixir is the human scientist Leila. Unbeknownst to her, the drug she’s developing to cure Alzheimer’s has the unexpected side effect of weakening the mind’s resistance to the influence of demons.

The Council of Cloak Warriors is divided, some of them believing the only safe way to eradicate this threat is to eliminate its inventor, others are bent on protecting the human scientist. Aiden is a loyal Cloak Warrior who accepts the assignment to protect her despite his own beliefs that humans can\’t be trusted. However, when her life is endangered, his beliefs shift, and he’s drawn into a battle whose participants are unknown: is he fighting the demons or his fellow Cloak Warriors?

Forbidden desire flares between Aiden and Leila as they are forced to rely on the only people they can trust: each other. And even if he can save her and defeat their enemies, a union between them might be the most dangerous undertaking of all.

Let me just start by say I freaking love Tina Folsom. No seriously. Her Scanguards Vampire and Out of Olympus series are on my “neurotically check for a sequel” list. Near the top. She has this knack for writing a gripping paranormal story that links… well… graphically explicit naughty scenes. Seriously, she’s right up there with Nalini Singh in my book. “Edge of Passion”, the first book in what is sure to be an awesome series, lived up to all of the very high expectations I set for Ms. Folsom.

Well ok… there was one “needs improvement” which came in the form of Aiden. I’ve got to admit, I did not love him. He was just a little too dense for me. “I lied to her but I’m so pissed that she lied to me!” and “you woman, you do as I say”. He did grow on me, a bit, but more because Leila cared so much about him. It’s like when your friend ends up dating a guy who rubs you the wrong way, but you eventually grow to tolerate them since it’s clear he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Which means that I really liked Leila. She did some stupid shit. Some REALLY stupid shit, but I can’t really blame her. Her work, her life, and her parents were all on the line, and she was being told some pretty farfetched things. Demons were after her? She had a supernatural body guard jonsing to guard her body? She’s on the run from the cops? It’s all a bit much to take in. Especially when days ago you didn’t know that demons and other supernatural things existed outside of comics and young adult novels.

Because of my luke warm Aiden feelings, I spent the entire book wondering what other character’s books would be like… and then worrying. See, Ms. Folsom has turned heroes into villains before. I cannot handle another character I love turning out to be a stinky douche, so I tried remaining unattached until they get their moment in the sun. Which lasted about 30 seconds after you meet *name removed to prevent spoiler* Instead it turned into “just please don’t let the bad guy be *name removed to prevent spoiler*. Seriously, it became my mantra every time you meet another Cloak Warrior in their little cell.

If I had one complaint (which evidently I do) it’s that Ms. Folsom insists on using the word “ooze” during sexy time. Seriously, ooze is not a sexy word. Ms. Folsom and I need to become BFFs so I can strongly encourage her to use ANY OTHER WORD in the English language.

Edge of Passion gets a very enthusiastic 4 stars. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go check for its sequel.

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